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History Revealed - - LAW & DISORDER MURDER, INC -

ABE ‘KID TWIST’ RE­LES

The lead­ing light of the Brownsville Boys, who would form the nu­cleus of the death squad known as Mur­der, Inc. He would also be­come the lead­ing light in the pros­e­cu­tion of sev­eral of his for­mer col­leagues.

HARRY ‘HAPPY’ MAIONE

An Ital­ian-Amer­i­can hood­lum from the Ocean Hill neigh­bour­hood of Brook­lyn, who joined forces with Jewish boys Abe Re­les and Martin ‘Bug­gsy’ Goldstein. ‘Happy’ was an ironic nick­name for the ever-sullen Maione.

FRANK ‘DASHER’ AB­BAN­DANDO

Loyal lieu­tenant to ‘Happy’ Maione on the streets of Ocean Hill and a man linked to at least 30 mur­ders in and around Brook­lyn dur­ing the 1930s. His favoured weapon was the ice pick.

LOUIS ‘LEPKE’ BUCHAL­TER

A ma­jor labour rack­e­teer, Buchal­ter di­rected the Mur­der, Inc crew, turn­ing them into a ruth­less killing ma­chine. Ul­ti­mately, he would go into the his­tory books as the only ma­jor mob leader to re­ceive the death penalty.

AL­BERT ANAS­TA­SIA

Not only was Anas­ta­sia co-head of Mur­der, Inc along­side Buchal­ter, but he was also a sig­nif­i­cant mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Cosa Nos­tra. He also lived longer than his con­tract-killer col­leagues, suc­cess­fully evad­ing the guilty ver­dicts and death sen­tences handed to his co­hort.

HARRY ‘PITTS­BURGH PHIL’ STRAUSS

Ar­guably the most bru­tal of the Mur­der, Inc killers – and cer­tainly the most pro­lific. Es­ti­mates put the num­ber of vic­tims who died at his hand at ap­proach­ing 500.

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